Compassionate Care Designed To Comfort
Our palliative care services at Southwest General are not meant to delay
or reverse the process of a disease, but rather to bring comfort to patients
and their families. These services focus on improving the quality of life
for patients by addressing the stress they feel and managing their pain
and symptoms. Our palliative care providers coordinate with your managing
physician to provide thoughtful care that cares for the person, not just
Who Can Benefit From Palliative Care
- Patients who face a debilitating or serious illness, no matter what age
they are. Many palliative care patients include those with cancer, Lou
Gehrig’s disease (ALS), respiratory disease, cardiac disease, AIDS,
dementia, renal failure, and other conditions.
- Patients with physical suffering, such as pain, shortness of breath, loss
of appetite, insomnia, constipation, weakness, sores, vomiting, seizures, etc.
- Patients who are experiencing emotional suffering, including apprehension,
fear, anxiety, depression, stress, spiritual issues, loneliness, loss
of dignity, worry of burdening others, and other psychological concerns.
- Patients at the end of life.
The Goals of Palliative Care
Often an overlooked aspect of care, palliative care is an important approach
treatment that looks at the other needs of a patient and their loved ones,
not simply the needs of their conditions. Palliative treatment strives to:
- Prevent and relieve suffering, pain, discomfort, and stress to improve
the lives of patients.
- Meet the emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients in any stage
of a serious illness.
- Improve the patient’s quality of life, achieve comfort, and help
patients to live actively whenever possible.
- Provide education and support for difficult decisions regarding present
and future care.
- Assist to coordinate medical care.
Our Palliative Care Team
At Southwest General, palliative care coordinates with your primary care
physician. We are one part of your treatment team, and we work in conjunction
with other providers to maximize the benefits you receive from treatment.
Our palliative care team includes a nurse who is certified in hospice and
palliative care, case workers, a chaplain, patients, and their families.
Together we will all work to improve the lives of patients during the
course of their conditions and treatments.
Palliative Care vs. Hospice
While sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, they are not one
and the same thing. Palliative care is offered to patients of all ages
and at all stages of their serious illness, who are still undergoing curative
medical treatment. Hospice services are for patients who are no longer
seeking curative treatment and are terminally ill.
Is Palliative Care Right For Me?
Palliative care might be right for you or your loved one if you have experienced:
- Frequent visits to the ER
- Multiple admissions to a hospital for the same symptoms, especially in
a short period of time.
- A turning point in your illness where treatment is no longer working or
is less effective
- Symptoms associated with a life threatening illness
Learn More About Our Cleveland Palliative Care Services – (440) 816-5040
If you are interested in learning more about our palliative care services
in Cleveland, talk to your physician. They can provide a referral to our
services, and one of our palliative care nurses will contact you once
your referral is completed to set up your first visit.
Find out more about Southwest General’s care services today. Contact
our team by calling (440) 816-5040.